NLN/SNRS Doctoral Dissertation Award

The Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) and the National League for Nursing (NLN) have a strong and mutual interest in promoting nursing education research conducted by doctoral nursing students and have agreed to offer a joint award focused on the following goals:          

  • Select and award a meritorious nursing research dissertation proposal,
  • Increase the quality and quantity of nursing education focused research, and
  • Support the advancement of the science of nursing education.


This is an annual award of $5,000 to support completion of one nursing student's dissertation work. Funds for this award are provided by the SNRS and NLN. The recipient also receives a one-year student membership from the NLN.


  • Applicants for this award must be current members of SNRS (student or regular) and must be enrolled in a research- focused doctoral nursing program (DNS, EdD, and PhD)  in the southern region  
  • Applicants must provide evidence that they have successfully completed the dissertation proposal process and obtained IRB approval, where applicable
  • Proposed studies must be clearly focused on nursing education research and must relate to one or more of the NLN Priorities for Research in Nursing Education.   

Proposal Guidelines:

  • A complete proposal includes both a Blind Review File and a Demographic Data Form (DOC).
  • The proposal must be submitted electronically by a specified deadline. Incomplete proposals or proposals submitted after this time will not be accepted for review.
  • Applications must adhere to requirements for format, content, length limitations, and  necessary supporting materials as outlined in the NLN Doctoral Research Submission Guidelines (PDF).

Components of the Blind Review File

  1. Title page with researcher's name and affiliation removed.
  2. Proposal (including abstract) with all identifying information removed.
  3. References
  4. Appendices (if appropriate) with all identifying information removed. One appendix must be confirmation of successful completion of proposal defense.
  • The components of the Blind Review File must be submitted in one Microsoft Word document via the online submission system.

When & How to Submit: 

Grant proposals are due by 4:00 PM ET on Thursday, February 25, 2016.  Click here to submit.

Review Process:

The NLN Nursing Education Research Grants review process is used. All proposals are submitted for blind review by carefully selected experts in nursing education research. The submitted Blind Review File is the file that is reviewed by these experts.  Recipients are selected through a peer review process using the following criteria (DOCX).

Letters of notification are emailed to applicants by July of each cycle.

For questions about the submission or review process, please contact